FRANKLYWNOW - Officials Anticipate Mercy House to Open in 2015

Officials Anticipate Mercy House to Open in 2015

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A former church soon to be a home for the terminally ill.
St. Casimir on Watson Boulevard in Endicott will be revamped into The Mercy House and staffed by medical personnel from Lourdes Hospice.

St. Casimir Church, closed since 2013 but reopening with a new name: The Mercy House, a home-like facility caring for those diagnosed with terminal illness.

"Physical responsibility will be alleviated and we can support them with what they're going through emotionally spiritually. So it's really total life care for the patient and the patient's family," said Missionary Sister Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Joanna Moticello,

The entire sanctuary will be cleared out and transformed into 10 resident living quarters each equipped with their own television bathroom and each patient will also be provided with around-the-clock care.

"A great need -- having worked in hospice how many times we've had patients who are in the hospital, cant go home. There aren't even nursing home beds available. So we have somebody just in limbo. If there would be a place for them to go like Francis House it would be wonderful, " said Moticello.

Francis House in Syracuse is where the idea for the project came from -- it's an intimate home care facility for terminally ill patients.

But for families in Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties Syracuse is quite a ways to travel.

The program is a non-profit relying on donations.

"Now we need to raise between 1.2 and 2 million dollars," said Director of Operations David DeAngelo.

Program managers say they've already removed the asbestos from the building and are currently in the process of selling the pews and religious artifacts so that renovations can begin in the next upcoming months.

"I was born and raised in Endicott, I love Endicott. I don't want to see abandoned buildings and the whole area kind of fade away so were very happy that we can be involved here and do something in the community," said DeAngelo.

Officials anticipate the project will take about six months to complete and hope to have the facility up and running sometime this year.
If you wish to donate you can head over to mercyhousesoutherntier.com to download the donation form.
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